• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr James Sullivan
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This course will explore scattering of quantum particles with both classical and quantum approaches, using examples from atomic, molecular and nuclear physics. Quantum effects will be explored through prototypical examples such as the Born approximation, Rutherford scattering and fusion processes. Descriptions will then be expanded to incorporate inelastic effects to mimic real scattering processes including the role of excited states and resonant processes. Semiclassical descriptions will be developed for high energy scattering, as well as approximation methods for lower energy processes, such as close-coupling and static exchange models. The course will also explore applications of scattering in various fields, such as atmospheric science and astrophysics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Critically evaluate and interpret cross sections, classical and quantal approaches to scattering, and the relevant aspects of atomic and nuclear structure;
  2. Develop, justify and apply approximations to make calculations of complex scattering problems in different energy regimes;
  3. Critically analyse real world scattering data in the context of the theory provided in the course;
  4. Apply scattering techniques to a variety of different areas in physics, evaluating the suitability and accuracy of the approaches used;
  5. Effectively communicate the results of scattering measurements and calculations, clearly and concisely discussing possible experimental and theoretical limitations.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Pre-workshop problems/assignments (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Workshop problems (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Modelling/simulation project (20) [LO 2,3,5]
  4. Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Workload

Pre-workshop material coverage and questions should take approximately 4 hours per week. Weekly workshops will be 3 hours of length and there will be a 1 hour tutorial each week.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

.To enrol in this course you must be active in the Physics Honours specialisation

Prescribed Texts

None necessary, material will be provided as necessary.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4231 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person View

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